Friday October 30, 2020

Oz’s secret shame

The Secret River, by Kate Grenville, Cannongate, €19.

28th January, 2006

The Secret River, by Kate Grenville, Cannongate, €19.

In 1968, in a now famous series of lectures, Australian anthropologist WEH Stanner spoke of a ‘‘cult of forgetfulness,” entrenched on a national scale in his home country. He used the term ‘‘the great Australian silence’’ to illustrate how Aboriginal people had been consigned to a ‘‘melancholy footnote’’ in Australian history; a history with a ‘‘secret river of blood’’....

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